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Beyond Business as Usual

Richard Brubaker, Mike J. Thompson 10/27/14

Conducting business as usual is no longer good enough. Instead of finding ways to use society and the environment to be successful, companies must contribute to society and the environment in order to sustain success.

Ebola: What Went Wrong?

The Lancet Global Health

In a chronically underfunded global health system whose needs are so often eclipsed by issues of national insecurity and expediency, it is time to tackle Ebola strategically.

China Must Stop Building Car-Centered Cities

chinadialogue 10/17/14

Urban planner Peter Calthorpe calls for an end to China's car-centered approach to urban development, and offers alternatives

China Could Move First to Geoengineer the Climate

Olivia Boyd
chinadialogue

As geoengineering advocates talk up the "technofix" approach to climate change, governments may start intervening unilaterally in earth's systems, says Clive Hamilton.

We Know It Works, So Let’s Keep Women’s Health Central in Global Development

Ann Starrs
The Lancet Global Health
10/03/14

Few investments reap such rewards such as those in women.

The Rise of the Robots

J. Bradford Delong
Project Syndicate
09/29/14

The question is not whether robots and computers will make human labor infinitely more productive, but whether the jobs outside of the robot-computer economy remain valuable and in high demand.

UN Population Growth Data is Bad News for Climate

chinadialogue 09/19/14

Most greenhouse-gas emissions and climate-change predictions have been based on the assumption that the planet's burden of humans will peak around 2050, and then begin a slow decline; but new analysis suggests an 80% probability global population will keep rising.

What Water's Worth

Asit K.Biswas, Ahmet C. Bozer
Project Syndicate
09/18/14

Are the current efforts to improve the management of water scarcity adequate? In countries such as India, the government's decision to provide free electricity for irrigation—in order to push production—has created a new problem: over-pumping.

Why the Non-Communicable Diseases Response Needs Universal Health Coverage

Chelsey R. Canavan, Jonathan S. Jay
The Lancet Global Health
09/15/14

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is key for a future in which health systems respond effectively to epidemics.

Why Isn't Food a Public Good?

Jose Luis Vivero Pol 09/11/14

What would the world look like if we were to treat food as a public good or commons and not merely as a commodity?

Ice Buckets and Ebola

Abdulrahman M. El Sayed
Project Syndicate
09/11/14

Zhao Zhong: Lessons from the Bottom Up

John Haffner, Zhao Zhong 09/02/14

After an accident where nature nearly took his life, Zhao Zhong has been on a mission to protect the environment in his homeland of China.

A Storm in a Bucket: Lessons from the Ice Bucket Challenge Controversy

Kei Hiruta 08/22/14

Fun-based activism such as the Ice Bucket Challenge does not persuade you; it mobilizes you. That's why it's been so successful.

Health in a Time of Ebola

Prabhjot Singh
Project Syndicate
08/20/14

Efforts to respond to an epidemic should not undercut investment in community health workers. These medical staff are vital in areas where access to proper care and trust is limited.

Who Will Feed China’s Pigs? And Why Does It Matter to Us?

chinadialogue 08/18/14

A new generation of Chinese companies like the New Hope Group and COFCO are challenging the dominance of U.S. agribusiness as they seek to meet China's growing demand for food.

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